More details have been released following Wednesday night’s shooting in Lewistown. The incident happened at about 8:15 pm at the intersection of North Spruce and Valley Streets. According to Lewistown Police, 21-year-old Victor Guzman-Ortega and 20-year-old Trevor Taylor, both of Lewistown, were involved in a physical altercation. During the altercation, Guzman-Ortega shot Taylor. Taylor was transported to Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital and later flown to Geisinger in Danville for treatment of serious injuries. Guzman-Ortega was treated and lodged in the Mifflin County Correctional Facility on various charges. Anyone with information should contact the Lewistown Police Department at 717-248-6716 or 717-248-9607.
Two people suspected of starting a recent barn fire have been taken into custody. Mifflin County Regional Police have arrested a 15-year-old male juvenile, along with 19-year-old Michael R. Kauffman, originally from Mifflintown for last weekend’s fire on Tea Creek Road in Brown Township, Mifflin County. Kauffman was placed in the Mifflin County Correctional Facility. The juvenile was turned over to Mifflin County Probation. Both face numerous felony counts of arson and related charges. Two other persons of interest have been identified. The investigation will continue.
The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry has announced plans to add at least 500 new customer service representatives to improve the existing backlog of claims. The move comes after complaints were raised during House Appropriations Committee hearings. A state representative called the Unemployment Compensation Call Center and received a busy signal to lead off questioning during the department’s budget hearing. Acting Secretary Jennifer Berrier had no answer for why Pennsylvanians are repeatedly spending days waiting for someone to answer the phone, and then another two to nine weeks before they receive a response to questions.
Spring forward this weekend! Daylight Saving Time in Pennsylvania will begin at 2:00 AM on Sunday (March 14th).